Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

Professor, San Jose State University - Economics Department

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel is Professor in the Economics Department at San Jose State University and has taught both history and economics. He is the author of Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, the second edition of which was released in November 2013). Hummel is also a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.

He wrote the scripts for audio tapes produced by Knowledge Products on the Constitution (narrated by Walter Cronkite) and on American Wars (narrated by George C. Scott).

His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Economic History, Econ Journal Watch, the Texas Law Review, the Independent Review, the International Philosophical Quarterly, the Chapman Law Review, and such popular publications as the Wall Street Journal,, Investor’s Business Daily, The Freeman, and Liberty Fund’s Library of Economics and Liberty.

He has also contributed to such volumes as Boom and Bust Banking (David Beckworth, ed.), Government and the American Economy (Price Fishback, ed.), the Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, Reassessing the Presidency (John V. Denson, ed.), and Arms, Politics, and the Economy (Robert Higgs, ed.).

Professor Hummel, a former National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also worked as Publications Director at the Independent Institute and was a tank platoon leader in the U.S. Army.